A few weeks ago, the Fort Worth CVB invited some of the nation's hottest food writers to follow us on a food tour through Fort Worth! We couldn't have done it on our own. We had the help of local foodie writer, June Naylor who knows the Fort Worth food scene like no one else. We managed a great balance of small shops and larger restaurants, some new places and those that have been around forever. Now, we don't suggest you follow this exact itinerary--we might still be recovering from all the food, but we will promise you that a visit to any of the below restaurants and venues will be worth going! Enjoy and Bon Appetite!
Day 1: The tour started at one of Fort Worth's newest hot spots, The Woodshed Smokehouse with a meet and greet with Chef Tim Love. Needless to say, the journalists were impressed with the atmosphere and amazing food. Next, we headed to Fred's Texas Cafe where we sat down with owner and outlaw Chef Terry Chandler where we had some laughs and enjoyed burgers of all flavors. Afterwards, we moseyed over to Hacienda San Miguel in West 7th where we had a lovely shaded spot on the patio and were treated to authentic Mexican dishes by Chef Hugo L. Galvan. Our next stop was Fort Worth's coziest winebar, Times Ten Cellar where we received a tasting and tour by Owner, Dustin Walker. After two hours of siestas, we were back at it again for our first night out in Fort Worth. We visited The Usual and chatted with Owner Brad Hines over delicious drinks and some plates from their food truck, Holy Frijoles! Just across the street, we enjoyed an amazing spread of tastings from Ellerbe Fine Foods; We were so happy to introduce our new friends to this innovative, fresh and fabulous restaurant! Following Ellerbe, we headed to the Fort Worth Cultural District for dinner on the patio at the Modern Art Museum. We were treated to a beautiful six-course meal prepared by Chef Dena Peterson from Cafe Modern and Jon Bonnell of Bonnell's Restaurant. This collaborative dinner and discussion was certainly one of the highlights of the tour and left everyone feeling full, happy and amazed at the culture and cuisine Fort Worth has to offer! The journalists stayed at the Hilton Fort Worth Hotel (perfect location for Main Street Arts Festival), so we had to walk across the street for a nightcap cocktail at Del Frisco's. You're probably full just from reading this, but we're just on Day 1!
Day 2: Starting the day at Avoca Coffee for a micro roast tasting was the perfect way for the group to jump back from our food comas. Red Jett Sweets Food Truck was parked not too far for us to grab try one of their famous cupcakes. We then walked over to Paris Coffee Shop, one of the oldest establishments in Fort Worth for some serious home cooking. Afterwards, we visited the oldest family owned establishment in Texas at Penderey's Spices where we were lucky enough to meet some of the family! No tour of Fort Worth would be complete without a trip to Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. where we enjoyed a tour, a beer that we watched be bottled before our eyes and some delicious tacos from Yes!Taco. We had to show off the Kimbell to our new friends and afterwards, took a stroll to Lanny's Alta Cocina Mexicana where we tried tamales and tequila! (Did I mention there was also drinking involved in this food tour?) After some time enjoying Main Street Arts Festival in downtown Fort Worth, the crew headed to Firestone & Robertson Distillery for a tour and whiskey tasting followed by a delectable dinner at Grace and a dessert with a fabulous view on the Reata rooftop.
Day 3: Our last day, we enjoyed breakfast at Esparanza's where we sat down with much of the Lancarte family. We even got a private tour of the wonderful Joe T. Garcia's. Afterwards, we visited with the Fort Worth Herd, shopped around in the Stockyards and filled up one last time at Lonesome Dove with Chef Tim Love. We ended on a spectacular note with a cooking demo featuring Chef Lou Lambert at Fort Worth's Central Market.